The backstory on my Twitter history:
I remember coming into Crane three years ago, as a first-year teacher, energized. I was ready to bring my new ideas here and change the teaching world, one transformative lesson at a time. Then the real world hit, and I realized, I had maybe 2 good, unique ideas. And the rest? Everyone else was already doing that. Not that it necessarily means those ideas that everyone else was doing were bad. But I had first-year teacher syndrome, and I wanted to be different.
So I was always eager to attend district PD with the dreams of learning something new and walking away with some life-changing ideas that I could transform into life changing lessons. Then, the real world hit again. And come to find out, Fred Jones Training and Mastery Teaching, while beneficial, didn’t quite offer me what I was looking for.
So off I went to the most trusted place I knew of at the time, google search, and I hunted down conference after conference. I was getting tired but still energized for new ideas. So I traveled to different places, learned from new people, and I still felt like I was grasping at straws. I could never find that one thing that I was looking for. It had to be out there somewhere, and I wasn’t going to fund teachers pay teachers for it either. I believe that ideas should be shared and not sold.
So in comes the second year of teaching and My principal, Jamie, asks me a question that I could never repay her for: “Holly, are you on twitter?” So I, of course, laughed. Because what could twitter possibly teach me about education? Well, it turns out, that some of the brightest minds in education love twitter, use twitter, and share on twitter. Teachers use twitter to share, collaborate, and inspire others and it was EXACTLY what I was looking for.
Since joining Twitter, I've become an educator that I never imagined I could be and it isn’t because I’ve come up with brilliant ideas. It is because I have a network of educators in my corner, every step of the way. When I have a crazy idea (and I do have crazy ideas), my PLN is there to help justify my fears, push my ideas to better places, and validate my efforts and failures.
I’ve met some of the most amazing educators, people, and friends through twitter. They are my educational advisors, and I wouldn’t be the educator I am today without them. So why aren’t we all doing the same? Personalized PD is there for teachers every day, every hour, and every minute. Why waste more time?
2017 Crane PD
Each year I am a bit hesitant to provide PD for my district. I am a young teacher, and I feel that young teachers have to earn their place at the table. But with the constant mental reminder that "Yes, I do belong here", I continue to push for my district to be more connected with the world outside of Yuma, AZ. See my resources below. Feel free to use, modify, share. After all, #teachershelpteachers.
Twitter Away Keynote
Staff Twitter Bingo
Holly Mecher. ADE. Runner. Life-long lover of books. Google Certified Educator.